Do you like gangster flicks? How about French gangster movies? How about French crime films featuring their lead actor in the nude? (Put your hand down Abaius.) Well if you answered “yes!” to any of those three questions then you’re in luck. Jean-Francois Richet’s Mesrine is a two-part gangster saga (Killer Instinct and Public Enemy #1) based on the true life story of Jacques Mesrine, and it’s a brutal and beautifully shot pair of films. Vincent Cassel brings Mesrine to life with wit, cruelty, and his usual fearlessness. The films had a successful run in limited release, but don’t worry if you missed them in theaters…
Mesrine: Killer Instinct hits DVD/Blu-ray on February 22nd, and we’ve got three copies on Blu/DVD to give away. How can you win? Simple… tell us in the comments section below what your favorite French film is and why. The correct answer is Amelie, but because we’re looking for variety here we won’t be accepting that as an answer. Is this a test to see if you’re reading the whole post? Maybe. Be sure to include your preference for Blu-ray or DVD since we have two of the former format and one of the latter to give away.
As always the contest is open to US residents only ages 18 and up. Be sure the email address associated with your comment is correct as that’s how we’ll notify the winner. Seriously… we continue to get multiple entries with nothing but an IP address. Contest ends February 25th! Good luck!
The official plot synopsis:
In 1959, loyal son and dedicated soldier Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel) returns to his home in Paris to live with his parents after serving with the French Army in the Algerian War. It doesn’t take too long for Mesrine to be seduced by the neon glamour of the “City of Light” and all the easy money that’s there for the taking. Mentored in the ways of a criminal life by a local underworld boss (Gerald Depardieu), Mesrine turns his back on middle class law-abiding and soon moves swiftly up the criminal ladder. After pulling off an audacious heist, Mesrine and his mistress Jeanne (Cecile de France) flee to Canada where the opportunity of one big payout lures him out of hiding and propels him toward international notoriety.”